The Lauder Legacy: Jewels for a Cause

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In December 2012, Sotheby’s New York was honoured to offer a collection of magnificent jewels from the collections of Estée Lauder and Evelyn H. Lauder. Sold to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the highest-rated breast cancer research organisation in the country, the auction culminated in the sale of an exquisite Fancy Intense Pink diamond ring from the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF founder, which achieved $8.6 million. Almost five years later, Sotheby’s has the privilege of continuing the Lauder legacy by collaborating with Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer for our Fine Jewels sale in New York. Ahead of the auction, revisit a stunning selection of Lauder family jewels Sotheby’s has sold over the years and discover two diamond rings from Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer’s collection which will be offered this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to benefit BCRF. –Mallory Landers

Fine Jewels
17 October | New York

The Lauder Legacy: Jewels for a Cause

  • The Windsor Heart
    One of the star lots of the initial 2012 auction was a 47.14-carat heart-shaped fancy intense yellow diamond. Suspended by a diamond-set necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, the central diamond was discovered to have originally been owned by another legendary jewellery collector, the Duchess of Windsor. The Duchess was photographed wearing the stone as a ring by Cecil Beaton in 1971.  

  • Art Deco Decadence
    Designed by Oscar Heyman & Brothers circa 1925, this bracelet epitomises Art Deco glamour. The geometric motifs, colour palette and shapes of the stones are all hallmarks of jewels from the era.  

  • Wonder of Webb
    A visionary entrepreneur who believed all women could be beautiful, Estée Lauder often looked to David Webb jewels to add extra glamour to her daytime looks. This azurmalachite and diamond set features a play on colour and texture, signatures of David Webb designs.  

  • Crazy for Cocktail Rings
    One of the many lessons Aerin Lauder learned from her grandmother Estée was the importance of big, iconic pieces. Using the idea of less is more, Aerin wears jewels, such as this Van Cleef & Arpels cocktail ring, to make a bold statement. This ring will be offered during the October Fine Jewels sale, and the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

    Gold and diamond ring, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate $8,000–12,000.

  • An Iconic Jewel
    In December 2014, Sotheby’s sold an iconic ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet by Cartier, New York, from the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder. One of the most historic and sought after jewels, this particular 1928 example featured zig-zag enamel details on the clasp and a unique ruby and emerald design studded with onyx ‘berries.’ As most ‘Tutti Frutti’ designs also feature sapphires, the colour palette of this piece suggests it may have been a special commission. 

  • Golden Glamour
    Another favourite jewel from the 2012 auction was this playful evening bag by David Webb. From the Collection of Estée Lauder, this piece shows Estée’s deep knowledge of the category, with the jewels in her collection reaching far beyond traditional items such as rings, necklaces and earclips.  

  • For the Love of Diamonds
    From the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder, this sweet sentiment spelled out in rubies perfectly complements Evelyn’s legacy of bringing global awareness to the importance of women’s health. This elegant French design is truly a statement piece. 

  • Daytime Style
    Another lesson that Aerin Lauder learned from her grandmother Estée was the importance of dressing for day versus night. Bold and geometric, this ring is the perfect statement piece to wear during the day. This piece will also be offered during the October Fine Jewels sale, and the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  

    Gold, rock crystal and diamond ring, David Webb. Estimate $4,000–6,000. 

  • Jewels with a Purpose
    The star lot of the 2012 auction was this magnificent fancy intense pink diamond, weighing 6.54 carats, mounted in a ring by Oscar Heyman & Brothers. This spectacular stone was from the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder, who co-created the now-ubiquitous Pink Ribbon in 1992 with Alexandra Penney, then the Editor-in-Chief of SELF magazine.  Lauder was the Chairman of BCRF, which she founded in 1993, and her goal was clear and simple: to prevent future generations of women from developing breast cancer.  

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